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St. Francis Weekly
November 2 - December 9, 2018
Quote of the Week. . .
Prayer does not blind us to the world, but it transforms our vision of the world, and makes us see it, all men, and all the history of mankind, in the light of God. To pray 'in spirit and in truth' enables us to enter into contact with that infinite love, that inscrutable freedom which is at work behind the complexities and the intricacies of human existence. This does not mean fabricating for ourselves pious rationalizations to explain everything that happens. It involves no surreptitious manipulation of the hard truths of life."
Food for Thought. . .
Well, Christmas came early to St. Francis. As you can see by the picture on the left, Kim Henderson and Sue Rutz confirmed the lease with A Place Like Home Daycare on Wednesday, November 28. Cathy Ostuw and I were present as well. We celebrated with sparkling cider (thanks, Cathy!)! Of course, there is a great deal of work that remains. We need to get clearance from the state that the asbestos is abated. We need to put in flooring. We need to figure out plumbing for sinks for the various rooms. And we will need to eventually install air conditioning into the building. Along with this, our tenant will be working hard painting and moving everything into the space to begin her program at 2810 as soon as possible. Thank yous are in line for Kim, Sue, Cathy, and Patricia Lydon, Annette Herber, Joe Mygatt, and the former wardens of Lillian Kraemer, Betsy Adams, Brian Snover, Jim Quinn, Nancy Geary, Frank Baker, Alice Smith, and Carol Rice for ALL the work that was done in seeking a tenant, planning for contingencies, and securing our ultimate tenant. It goes without saying that "thank you" also seems so inadequate for all the work that was done. We are blessed by you all. THANK YOU! To read more, click here. . .
Link of the Week. . .
A helpful reflection on Advent and Mumford and Sons helps. . .
|Advent: 'Waiting For Jesus'
For Further Reflection. . .
Advent Resources for your journey. . .
A pdf Advent Calendar (click on image)
Episcopal Relief and Development Advent Toolkit. . .
Episcopal Migration Ministries Video Resources. . .
Make Ready the Feast (each day in Advent a scripture reading and recipe). . .
Saturday, December 1
5:00 PM St. Francis Saturday Night Worship Service (Historic Church)
Sunday, December 2--Advent 1C
Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
Celebrant: Mark Lingle
Preacher: Debra Slade
Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
Celebrant: Mark Lingle
Preacher: Debra Slade
11:15 AM Book Club:
The Sun Does Shine (Church)
3:30 PM Caroling at Smiths (41 Easthill Rd) and Lydeckers (33 Sweet Briar Rd)
This Week at a Glance
Returning AIDS Quilt Materials to Bridgeport
6:00 PM Advent Contemplative Prayer (Church)
3:30 PM UConn Stamford Meeting
8:30 AM Cradle to Career Meeting
11:30 AM College Ministry Meeting
9:00 AM Prison Ministry
5:00 PM St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Historic Church)
Sunday (9) Advent 2C
8:00 AM Worship with Eucharist (Historic Church)
10:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
11:15 AM Music Committee Meeting (Church)
Save the Date
Sunday, December 9
Sunday, December 9 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Music Committee Meeting
Monday, December 10 @ 6:00 PM (Church)
Advent Contemplative Prayer
Tuesday, December 11 @ 6:00 PM (Margery Irish's Home)
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Wednesday, December 12 @ 7:00 PM (Meeting Room)
Friday, December 14 (Church)
Christmas Tree Delivered
Saturday, December 15 @ 9:00 AM
Sunday, December 16
Sunday, December 16 @ 10:00 AM (Church)
Michael Hyman Preaching
Sunday, December 16 @ 5:00 PM (Historic Church)
Service of Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 16 @ 5:45 PM (Rectory)
Parish Christmas Party
Monday, December 17 @ 6:00 PM (Church)
dvent Contemplative Prayer
Thursday, December 20 @ 6:00 PM (First Congregational Church)
Homeless Persons' Memorial Service
Sunday, December 23
Monday, December 24 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
Christmas Eve Eucharist
Monday, December 24 @ 8:30 PM (Church)
Monday, December 24 @ 9:00 PM (Church)
Christmas Eve Festive Eucharist
Tuesday, December 25 @ 10:00 AM (Church)
Christmas Day Eucharist
Thursday, December 27 @ 11:00 AM
Tuesday, January 1
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Sunday, January 27 @ 11:00 AM (Church)
Parish Annual Meeting